Month: September 2010

Los Angeles old-time music scene on NPR

Here’s a great piece from NPR’s State of the Re:Union on the Los Angeles old-time music scene, featuring our friends Triple Chicken Foot and Susan Michaels (you can see some of the baldest members of Sausage Grinder in there if you watch closely). 

Some of the places where you can find out more about the LA old-time scene are, FolkWorks, and the California Traditional Music Society.

A banjo lesson – Groundhog

We had a great time at the CTMS Equinox Festival on Sunday — we even had quite an audience for our early morning (for us) 10:20 a.m. show. David and I both taught workshops (me on banjo, David on fiddle), and I promised to post a video of the tune I taught so that folks could refer back to it.

So if you were there, here you go, and if you weren’t, I hope you get something out of this, too — it’s a quick demonstration of thumb-lead two-finger old-time banjo picking, using Doc Watson’s version of “Groundhog.” Enjoy, and leave a comment here or on YouTube if you have any questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.

Sausage Grinder at the Equinox Festival Sunday, September 12

Sausage Grinder will be playing a rare morning show at California Traditional Music Society’s Equinox Festival in Northridge a week from today, Sunday, September 12. We go on at 10:20 a.m., so we’ll be waking ourselves and our audience up with some peppy tunes.

Chris will be teaching an intermediate banjo workshop (probably on two-finger picking) at 11:45 a.m., and David will teach intermediate old-time fiddle at 2:15 p.m.

There will be lots of good music at the fest besides Sausage Grinder — the Foghorn Duo, Tom and Patrick Sauber, and our old-time pals Triple Chicken Foot will play, plus there are a lot more workshops to choose from, and plenty of jamming.

Come by, listen, play a tune, and don’t forget to buy a copy of our CD.

Welcome to Sausage Grinder’s new website!

Josh, Matt, Chris, Margie, Bobby, David -- Photo by Tim Johnson

Greetings everyone! Welcome to Sausage Grinder’s new website. We’ve redesigned things to make it easier for you to find out about our upcoming shows, listen to some songs from our debut album, Delicious Moments, and, most importantly, to purchase said album. We need the money. All that sausage ain’t free.

The new blog format will also make it easier to share with you some of our favorite musical performances, commercials for ridiculous kitchen products, psychedelic comedy, and selected excerpts of episodes of The $20,000 Pyramid.

So we hope to hear from you and see you often here at